When you read this I will be at my first day back to work after maternity. Having done this day twice before I know what to expect. Here is my list of things to do to help on your first day back.
YOU WILL CRY, even if you don’t think you will, you will. Find a cupboard or a quiet toilet cubicle that is near to where you will be working as you may frequent it on more than one occasion over the course of the day, week, month.
Take tissues. See point 1.
Take make up. See point 1.
Avoid ALL conversations about your baby as it is likely to make you have to do point 1.
DO NOT look at the screen saver on your phone or photo’s on your phone unless yes, you guessed it, you want to do point 1 again.
Take some kind of chocolate treat with you so that after doing point 1 numerous times you can try to make yourself feel a bit better.
Get ready to do point 1 again after feeling guilty for realising that it’s quite nice to be able to eat the chocolate treat without a baby trying to grab it and to be able to go to the toilet in peace without having to entertain the baby.
If you are feeding your baby still DO NOT forget the pump. This is embarrassing and uncomfortable.
If you haven’t done point 1 yet, get ready to do it after you realise you haven’t thought about or missed the baby for a while.
DON’T try and join in a normal adult conversations straight away, remember that your brain wont function properly for a while yet, so ease yourself in.
Be prepared to repeat all of these steps for the next few days, weeks, months and whenever the baby cries or is ill when you leave.